Current Affairs May 2013: Current Affairs Questions May 2013

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The Vice President of India Mr. Hamid AnsariHamid Ansar released a book entitled Fida-e-Lucknow -Tales of the city and its people on 1 May 2013.

The Cabinet Committee on Security (CCS) approved 11000 crore Rupees project on 1 May 2013 for modernization of central paramilitary forces.

The Union Cabinet of India on 1 May 2013 approved the launch of the National Urban Health Mission.

The Supreme Court of India on 1 May 2013 upheld the constitutional validity of 51 percent FDI in the multi-brand retail sector.

Haryana Clinched the 3rd Hockey India Junior Women National Championship Title on May 1, 2013.

Ireland’s government on 1 May 2013 unveiled the Protection of Life during Pregnancy Bill.

A young Indian biologist, Dr. Aparajita DattaDr. Aparajita Datta was honored with the Whitley award, also known as Green Oscar, in London on 2 May 2013.

China on May 2, 2013 Successfully Launched a Communications Satellite Called Zhongxing-11.

Sarabjit Singh, the Indian national and a death row prisoner in the Lahore’s Kot Lakhpat Jail died on 2 May 2013 at the Lahore’s Jinnah hospital.

Sheikh Salman bin Ibrahim al-Khalifa was elected as the new president of Asian Football Confederation on 2 May 2013.

On 3 May 2013, Indian cinema completed exactly 100 years with the release of two films- Bombay Talkies and Shootout at Wadala.

World Press Freedom Day is celebrated across the world on 3 May 2013. The theme for World Press Freedom Day 2013 is Safe to Speak.

RBI-Reserve Bank of IndiaReserve Bank of India on May 3, 2013 reduced the policy repo rate by 25 basis points to 7.25 per cent.

Somdev Devvarman, was recommended for Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna award 2013 by All India Tennis Association (AITA).

New Gas Reserve discovered in Southern Sindh Province of Pakistan.

The Supreme Court of India directed that the Kudankulam nuclear plant situated in Tamil Nadu could start its operations now.

Haryana Government issued Shiksha Setu Cards to Students.

ATP Chairman Brad Drewett died at the age of 54 on May 3, 2013.

Subhash Kumar on May 3, 2013 took over the office of Chief Secretary of Uttarakhand for second time. He is the successor of Alok Kumar Jain.

A book on Bhagat SinghBhagat Singh by Chamanlal titled Understanding Bhagat Singh was released at JNU Auditorium in New Delhi on May 3, 2013.

The first gun of the world made out of 3D printer technology was fired successfully in US on May 4, 2013 at firing range south of Austin, Texas.

India’s rising shuttler PV Sindhu on 4 May 2013 won her maiden Grand Prix Gold title winning Malaysia Open women’s final.

The 17th Session of the India-Iran Joint Commission was held in Tehran on May 4, 2013.

Andhra Pradesh on May 4, 2013 set up the State Security Commission under the chairmanship of the state Home Minister.

Chaudhry Zulfiqar Ali, the prosecutor who was handling the Mumbai terror attack and Bhutto assassination case was gunned down in Islamabad.

The President of India Pranab Mukherjee launched the Bichitra Tagore Variorum Website on May 5, 2013.

Vikas Gowda Clinched Gold at IAAF World Challenge Meeting 2013 at Kingston on May 5, 2013.

iCED was inaugurated by Vice President Hamid Ansari in Jaipur on May 5, 2013.

Asian Development Bank (ADB) on May 5, 2013 announced that it is going to provide 6 billion Dollars to India over next 3 years.

Najib Razak Prime Minister of MalaysiaNajib Razak on May 6, 2013 was sworn in as the Prime Minister of Malaysia for a second term by Malaysia’s king.

The Italian Prime Minister, Giulio Andreotti died on May 6, 2013 at Rome. He served Italy as a prime Minister seven times between 1972 and 1992.

Government has constituted an inter-ministerial group to suggest ways to tackle fraudulent money pooling activities by Ponzi Schemes.

Profulla Borua, the veteran Indian journalist passed away in Guwahati, Assam after prolonged illness on May 6,2013.

3rd National Awards for Technology Innovation in Petrochemical and Downstream, Plastic Processing Industry were presented in New Delhi on May 7, 2013.

Ray Harryhausen, the master of visual effects and stop-motion animation, died on May 7, 2013 in London.

Foreign Exchange Earnings from Tourism grew by 7 percent in April 2013.

Sahara Q ShopSahara Created New World Record of Largest Group to Sing National Anthem at One Place.

Statue of former Chief Minister of Andhra Pradesh, N T Rama Rao was unveiled by Meira Kumar in the Parliament on May 7, 2013.

May 7 was observed as the World Asthma Day across the world with its theme You Can Control Your Asthma and sub-theme It’s Time to Control Asthma.

SEBI approved Kerala’s Start-up Village Angel Fund of 10 million Dollars.

Ivan Menezes was named as the new Chief Executive Officer of Spirits Company Diageo on May 7, 2013.

The Union Government of India decided to redevelop the Juhu Airport of Mumbai by extending runway 650 metres into sea.

Moska Najib a 29 year old Delhi based Afghan women is shortlisted among 25 people in Australia’s Best Job in the World Competition.

Hindi story writer and playwright Surendra Tiwari died due to brain haemorrhage on May 7, 2013. He was 64 years of age.

Government of Tamil Nadu banned Pan Masala, Gutka in the State.

Brazil’s Roberto Azevedo appointed Head of World Trade Organization. Roberto Azevedo was appointed as the Head of the World Trade Organisation. He will take the charge of his office from outgoing Pascal Lamy in September 2013.

Alex FergusonAlex Ferguson announced retirement as Manchester United Manager.

Union Cabinet of India declared Year 2013 as Water Conservation Year 2013.

Ministry for Consumer Affairs, Food & Public Distribution introduced amendments in the National Food Security Bill in the Lok Sabha.

Bryan Forbes, Veteran Film Director Passed Away At 86.

Stiliyan Petrov, the captain of Aston Villa retired from football in May 2013 at the age of 33 years.

Ustad Zia Fariduddin Dagar (1932-2013), the dhrupad vocalist passed away on May 8, 2013 following brief illness at his Gurukul near Panvel.

Srinivasan Venkatakrishnan Appointed as the New CEO of Anglogold Ashanti.

The Pakistani Prisoner Sanaullah Ranjay who was attacked by an inmate in Kot Bhalwal jail in Jammu died at the hospital in Chandigarh on May 9, 2013.

The Union Government of India on May 9, 2013 approved the policy development of aviation hubs in India.

The Minister for Women & Child Development, Krishna Tirath on May 9, 2013 launched the World Bank assisted ISSNIP.

External Affairs Minister, Salman Khurshid, paid an official visit to the People’s Republic of China on 09-10 May 2013.

Amendments in the Parl. (Prevention of Disqualification) Act, 1959 was approved by introducing Parl. (Prevention of Disqualification) Amendment Bill, 2013.

Union Ministers of Railway and Law, PK Bansal and Ashwani Kumar submitted their resignation to the Prime Minster on 10 May 2013.

The prestigious Dadasaheb Phalke award for life time achievement  was presented to Pran on 10 May 2013.

National Technology Day was celebrated on 11 May 2013 as a symbol of quest for scientific inquiry and technological creativity.

Madrid Open 2013: Rafael Nadal won Men’s Singles Trophy.

SiddaramaiahSiddaramaiah, the leader of the Indian National Congress on 11 May 2013 was sworn in as the 22nd chief minister of the state of Karnataka.

Retail Inflation declined to 9.39 Percent in April 2013.

National Stock Exchange (NSE), the Leading bourse on 11 May 2013 launched the country’s first dedicated debt trading platform.

The President of India Pranab Mukherjee presented National Florence Nightingale Award 2013 to 35 nursing professionals.

A leading NRI in United Kingdom, Sunil Chopra was elected as the Deputy Mayor of a London Borough.

Harvansh Singh, Deputy Speaker of MP Assembly died due to Cardiac Arrest.

Asom Ratna Award for the Year 2012 Presented to Indira Goswami. The President of India, Pranab Mukherjee presented the Asom Ratna Award for the year 2012 to Indira Goswami (posthumously).

Jharkhand on 12 May 2013 decided to impart technical skill development training to all unemployed youth in Naxal areas.

Exports in India grew up by 1.6 percent in April 2013.

The Cyclonic Storm MAHASEN formed over Bay of Bengal.

WPI Inflation eased to 4.89 percent in April 2013 as Per Official Data. As per official data released on 14 May 2013, WPI Inflation eased to 4.89 percent in April 2013.

Angelina JolieAngelina Jolie on 14 May 2013 reveled that she underwent a double mastectomy as she was tested positive for a genetic mutation known as BRCA1.

The renowned Islamic Scholar and recipient of National Communal Harmony Award in 1997, Asghar Ali Engineer died on 14 May 2013.

The Union Government on 14 May 2013 decided to publicize best practices on implementation of RTI Act by public authorities all over the country.

The RBI-Reserve-Bank-of-IndiaReserve Bank of India directed banks to follow Clean Note Policy and not to stable the notes packet. It also directed the banks to withdraw soiled notes from circulation.

International Monetary Fund (IMF) on 15 May 2013 approved a three-year, 1.3 billion dollars loan for supporting Cyprus’ attempts to stabilize its financial sector.

The Reserve Bank of India on May 15, 2013 decided to launch Inflation Indexed Bonds (IIBs).

Nirbhay Sharma on May 16, 2013 appointed as governor of Arunachal Pradesh as the term of present incumbent Gen (retd) J J Singh ended in January 2013.

The Chief negotiators met in New Delhi from 15 May to 17 May 2013 for 14th round of negotiation for India EU BTIA.

David BeckhamLegendary Footballer David Beckham announced his Retirement.

Indian women basketball team won gold in inaugural FIBA Asia 3×3 basketball tournament 2013 in Doha on 17 May 2013. India defeated Mongolia 21-14.

World Telecommunication and Information Society Day was celebrated on May 17, 2013.

France’s President Francois Hollande on May 17, 2013 signed into law a controversial bill to legalise gay marriage.

The 45th Session of the Indian Labour Conference concluded in New Delhi on May 18, 2013.

Raha Moharrak, a Saudi woman made history by reaching the Everest summit- the world’s highest mountain.

USA on May 18,  2013 granted conditional authorization to export LNG to countries that do not have FTA with it.

Indian women’s compound team won Bronze medal on 18 May 2013 at Shanghai.

Rafael Nadal beat Roger Federar in the final match played on 19 May 2013 to lift his seventh Italian Open title.

Penne Hackforth-Jones, one of Australia’s most recognisable actors died at the age of 64.

Nunshi and Tashi Malik, two 21-year old Indians from Dehrahdun became first twins to scale Mount Everest on 19 May 2013.

India Asked for more Market Access from Japan during the Visit of Anand Sharma .

Asian-development-BankAsian Development Bank (ADB) has provided a 110-million Dollars loan to Jammu and Kashmir in order to help in improving urban services, including water supply.

Serena Williams defeated Victoria Azarenka 6-1 6-3 to win Italian Open on 19 May 2013. With this win, Serena Williams conquered 51st title of her career.

Laxman Singh Rathore was elected as the Member of Executive Council of WMO during the 65th Executive Council of WMO meeting which is ongoing at Geneva.

Indian boxers won the FXTM International Limassol Boxing Cup held in Limassol, Cyprus on 19 May 2013.

Malala Yousafzai, the Pakistani Activist Selected for UNA-USA’s Champion for Global Change Award.

Ray Manzarek, one of the founders of 1960s rock group called The Doors, died on 20 May 2013 in Rosenheim, Germany.

Singer Hariharan was conferred with the Lata Mangeshkar Samman Alankaran in Indore on 20 May 2013. Madhya Pradesh government instituted the award in 1984.

Shashi Kant SharmaShashi Kant Sharma an IAS from 1976 Bihar Cadre on 21 May 2013 was appointed as CAG of India by Pranab Mukherjee. He will succeed Vinod Rai in the office.

World Day for Cultural Diversity for Dialogue and Development celebrated on May 21.

Arunima Sinha, became the first Indian amputee to conquer Mount Everest on May 21, 2013.

2014 Declared As the Friendship Year to Promote Understanding between India and China.

Huge Tornado Hits Oklahoma; Kills 91, Including 20 Children.

Former international sprinter Anand Shetty passed away on 21 May 2013 in Mangalore.

Eddie Braben, the British comedy writer as well as performer, renowned for Morecambe and Wise died on 21 May 2013.

India-China bilateral meet on healthcare sector in Geneva was held in Geneva on 21 May 2013.

American Writer Lydia Davis won 2013 Man Booker International Prize.

India on 22 May 2013 successfully test fired the 290-km range BrahMos supersonic cruise missile.

President of Afghanistan H.E. Mr. Hamid Karzai meeting with Prime Miniser Dr. Manmohan Singh and President Shri Pranab Mukherjee at the Ceremonial Reception at Rashtrapati Bhavan in New DelhiPresident of Afghanistan Hamid Karzai was on two days Visit to India from 20-22 May 2013.

President Robert Mugabe on 22 May 2013 signed Zimbabwe’s new constitution into law.

The President of India conferred the 47th Jnanpith Award for the year 2011 on Pratibha Ray on 22 May 2013 at Balyogi Auditorium in New Delhi.

Renowned Nigerian author Chinua Achebe died on 22 March 2013 in Boston at the age of 82.

The Union Cabinet of India, on 23 May 2013 approved to classify Malayalam as the Classical Language.

A new variety of mango was named Nirbhaya after the 23-year-old Delhi rape victim.

Indian National Defence University to be Established at Binola, Gurgaon.

Baleshwar Aggarwal, the veteran journalist as well as the secretary general of Antar Rashtriya Sahyog Parishad (ARSP) died on 23 May 2013.

Yuichiro Miura, the 80-year old mountaineer from Japan reached Mount Everest’s summit on 23 May 2013. He became the oldest man to climb the mountain.

The Himachal Pradesh assembly celebrated its Golden Jubilee on 24 May 2013. Pranab Mukherjee will become 2nd president to address special session of assembly.

US singer-songwriter Carole King became the first woman to receive the Library of Congress Gershwin Prize for Popular Song.

Vyas Samman for 2011 and 2012 were conferred to Prof. Ramdarash Mishra and Dr Narendra Kohli for their works Aam ke Patte and Na Bhooto Na Bhavishyati.

UIDAI-UIDUnique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI) on May 25, 2013 inaugurated three new Aadhaar-enabled services to help residents.

Group of armed Maoists trapped and attacked the Congress party convoy at Dharba Valley in Chhattisgarh on 25 May 2013.

Tamil playback singer T M Soundararajan died at his residence in Chennai on 25 May 2013 after a brief illness.

World Economic Situation and Prospects 2013 report released by United Nations has forecasted that global economic growth will gain pace.

Sachin-TendulkarSachin Tendulkar announced retirement from Twenty20 cricket format on May 26, 2013. This was his last IPL season.

TRAI issued The Telecom Commercial Communications Customer Preference (Twelfth Amendment) Regulations, 2013 in the last week of May 2013.

The oldest person of the world, Jiroemon Kimura, 116 years Japanese man became the last male of the 19th century in the world.

Union Defence Minister AK Antony on May 27, 2013 dedicated to the nation the New Air Force Station at Thanjavur at a brief function held to mark the occasion.

The Reserve Bank of India on 27 May 2013 imposed restrictions on banks and NBFCs for providing loans against gold coins.

Odisha on May 27, 2013 clinched the boy’s title while Haryana won the girl’s championship at the third National Sub-Junior Hockey tournament.

Ananya Gupta won a Bronze Medal in World School Chess Championship.

Foreign Minister of Cuba Bruno Rodriguez Parrilla visited India.

External Affairs Minister Salman Khurshid on 27 may 2013 ended his four-day visit to Saudi Arabia.

Pranab Mukherjee conferred the Sangeet Natak Akademi Fellowships on N Rajam, T H Vikku Vinayakram and Ratan Thiyam for the year 2012, on 28 May 2013.

World Hunger Day was observed on 28 May 2013.

BJP on 28 May 2013 expelled senior lawyer and MP Ram Jethmalani from the primary membership of party for six years over breach of discipline.

Argentina and Chile authorities ordered evacuation of 3000 people that live close to Copahue volcano, situated in south of Argentina-Chile border.

Manoj Das, the Noted Oriya writer on 28 May 2013 was presented the NTR National Literary Award.

Punjab government on 28 May 2013 gave its approval for starting an online lottery system in order to increase revenues of the state.

V. Narayanasamy inaugurated ISRO Navigation Centre (INC) at Byalalu, about 40 km from Bangalore on 28 May 2013.

Jamjang Deru won three medals on 28 May 2013, the opening day of 15th Asian Youth Weightlifting Championships in Doha.

The Indian telecom sector became the second largest telephone network in the world, after China by registering exceptional growth during last nine years.

Kushal Singh Appointed as the Chairperson of National Commission for Protection of Child Rights (NCPCR).

SEBI made it compulsory for investment advisorsto first obtain a certificate of registration for the same.

The seventh edition of the annual Regional Pravasi Bharatiya Divas will be held in Sydney in November 2013.

Kiran Mazumdar Shaw, N C Menon, Vineet Nayar and Ronnie Screwvala figured in 2013 year list of Asia-Pacific’s most remarkable givers.

Cochin Shipyard Limited (CSL) on May 28, 2013 launched its third Fast Patrol Vessel (FPV) which is built for the Indian Coast Guard.

The Union Cabinet of India gave clearance to Bharat Sanchar Nigam Ltd (BSNL) to roll out its mobile network in the Naxal-affected areas.

US government issued sanctions against Ayatollah Ali’s deputy chief of staff and over 50 other Iranian government officials for alleged human rights abuses.

The Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) on 29 May 2013 scaled down India’s growth estimate to 5.3 per cent for 2013 from 5.9 per cent.

44 Years old Ang Dami Sherpa from Nepal won the Everest Marathon on 29 May 2013 in women’s category of Year 2013.

TCS-Results-Q3-FY-2013Tata Consultancy Services (TCS) on 29 may 2013 bagged a six-year contract from the Department of Posts (DoP).

The International Monetary Fund (IMF) on 29 May 2013 lowered its forecast for China’s economic growth at 7.75 percent.

Physicist Peter Higgs and Francois Englert won the 2013 Prince of Asturias Award.

Akshay B. Gaikwad Won Three Gold Medals in 15th Asian Youth Weightlifting Championships.

Manmohan Singh Prime MinisterPrime Minister Manmohan Singh on 30 May 2013 was elected to the Rajya Sabha for the fifth time from Assam.

Rituparno GhoshRituparno Ghosh, the renowned Bengali film maker died on 30 May 2013 of cardiac arrest at his south Kolkata residence.

May 30 is celebrated as the Hindi Journalism Day in India’s journalism every year. On this day first Hindi newspaper, Udant Martand was brought out.

UNESCO had declared India’s Nicobar Islands as a world biosphere reserve under its Man and the Biosphere Programme.

Indian-American Arvind Mahankali, after years of close calls, won the Scripps National Spelling Bee on 30 May 2013.

The Union government  on 30 May 2013 decided to extend the Integrated Action Plan (IAP) for four more years.

The Planning Commission approved Project Ananta, a programme that looks for pulling Anantapur district out of the control of the perennial drought.

The IAF’s premier Academy located at Dundigal, Hyderabad on May 31, 2013 inducted basic trainer aircraft Pilatus PC 7 MKII.

According to World Health Organisation, World No-Tobacco day is observed every year on 31 May 2013.

The HRD Ministry on 31 May 2013 decided to set up a seven member Task Force NTA under the Chairmanship of Sanjay Dhande.

As per Central Statistical Organization (CSO) DATA released on 31 May 2013, economic growth fell to a decade’s low of 5 per cent for the entire 2012-13 fiscal.

Aditya Birla Chemicals (India) on 31 May 2013 decided to acquire CA&P Division of Solaris Chemtech Industries for a total of 153 crore Rupees.

Avinash Chander-DRDOAvinash Chander, the principal architect of India’s missile programmes on 31 May 2013 appointed DRDO chief and scientific advisor to defence minister.

The FIPB on 31 May 2013 approved eight FDI proposals, which include those of McKinsey & Company, ACME Solar Energy and GETIT Infoservices.

Rotary International’s India has offered to take Muslim Ulamas from Uttar Pradesh to Pakistan to persuade people and advocate polio vaccination.

The National Green Tribunal on 31 May 2013 gave approval to Sterlite Industries Ltd so that it can start operations of copper plant in Tuticorin.

MCX-SXMCX-SX declared on 31 May 2013 declared that it received approval from SEBI for operating separate debt as well as SME trading platforms.

Japan and South Korea suspended some imports of US Wheat as rogue wheat was discovered by the regulators.

As per the latest figures from Eurostat, in the Month of May 2013, the Unemployment rate rose up to 12.2pc in April 2013 from 12.1pc in March.

The UN Security Council on 31 May 2013 imposed sanctions on the Syrian rebel group, Al-Nusra Front.

Sudha SharmaSudha Sharma appointed as the new Chairperson of the Central Board of Direct Taxes (CBDT) on May 31, 2013.

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